My Interview with Deadly Creations Fursuits (A Fursuit Maker)

AW: Let’s start at the beginning how did you get your start making fursuits?

Deadly Creations Fursuits or DCF: Well for starters I knew I couldn’t afford to get my own suit because I am only a high school student. So after creating my first fursona in early 2017 (after about a year in the furry fandom), I decided to try making my own fursuit. I was actually in my Ceramics class when I started so I used what I learned there and applied it into my very first suit: RadioActive 1.0

AW: So when made you decide you could make fursuits for others?

DCF: It was actually my closest furry friend who got me into beginning to take commissions. After seeing RadioActive she asked me if I could remake a suit for her. I only agreed because of her belief in me. Since then I have done a lot of repairs to both my own and her suits, even a few friends, and have gotten a handful of commissions too. Though no where close to the hundreds most bigger makers have gotten lol.

AW: Hey everyone has to start somewhere

DCF: Indeed ^^

AW: Just curious how do makers decide what to charge? and what piece takes the most time to make?

DCF: Yes most makers decide on a base price and then additional charges depending on complexity and species.

As far as what I’ve seen from what takes the longest; I would have to say probably the head. I have worked with both foam and resin heads and both take a good while to pattern and then transfer the pattern to fur. Then cutting and sewing. Some makers chose to work with shorter furs to make it easier on themselves while I chose to actually work with longer furs and shave them by hand. That adds on about an hour or two. Of course some suit heads require painting as well and that always adds on a few hours. Also the head has a lot of different curved and shapes that ends up leading into even more pieces to the pattern. So yes, the head is likely the one item to take the longest besides maybe the bodysuit.

AW: I know fursuits are a personal thing how do you make sure the customer gets the design they want?

DCF: Oh absolutely! The first thing I do it check with my customer is the pattern is correct once completed. I always sketch out the pattern first in either regular pencil or colored pencil and once approved by my customer then I move onto using sharpie to finalize the pattern.

AW: I know the one thing I hear at fur cons is getting the right size and shape to match their own bodies. How should someone do this? I know some have made duct tape replicas of themselves is there any special way you do this?

DCF: Well Duct tape dummies are really the best way to go about this. I personally prefer DTD myself as it ensures that the suit is fit to the customer since the DTD is an nearly exact replica of your own body. However to do not demand them especially if you have health conditions that keep you from being able to create the replica. In this case I have taken very precise measurements in order to fulfill the request. However if you are able to, please make a duct tape dummy, it will make any make anyone’s time making Fursuits much easier and will make the suit fit a lot better!

AW: I know fit is very important

DCF: Indeed it is

AW: Say once a deal is made how long does it take from the time the payment is sent to the customer gets their completed fursuit?

DCF: It depends on the suit. While I take discussed payment plans, I do not begin work until at least half is paid. The suit is then completed as soon as possible between classes and in my free time and completed upon full payment. I am then able to mail out once finished. Every suit is different but I would say a tail takes no more than a month at absolute most and heads can vary greatly depending on when materials get in and how much I must do on it.

AW: How about just a basic fursuit, nothing special?

DCF: Every fursuit is special that comes through my shop. No matter how basic; I will love it just as much as I love my own fursuit. Each character has a story, each story is unique, thus every single suit is unique and special here.
Here at Deadly Creations Fursuits we have a saying “Where Dead Things Come To Life” to us this means that we bring dreams to life. No matter what your dream is, big or small, I will fight to make it exactly as you imagined it with the best quality I can possibly produce. So even if you have a basic character don’t let that bring you down. If you love who you and your fursona are then nothing else matters but making that dream a reality. I would never turn away a character or suit just because it’s not a outrageously complex one.

AW: Good Answer.

Which strangely leads to my next question, how do you deal with impatient customers?

DCF:
Actually I have been lucky enough to not come across one yet since creating this business in late 2017. Being that I am a high school student I do require patients. In these circumstances and knowing this will happen to me sooner or later, I will ask that they be patient and if not, then I will discuss with them the idea of a partial refund. If they still wish for the suit to be finished then I will bring them a bit further up in the list in order to meet demand before things get it of hand. However if they are to be rude about it then it the suit may not appear publicly in photos posted by myself however quality will not lessen in any way or form.

I understand fully that in some cases I will be in most definite fault if a deadline is involved and I do not meet it. In those cases I will be more than happy to finish the suit and add a few gifts along with discussion with the customer as soon as that time comes.

AW: That’s actually nice of you

DCF: I try to be very customer friendly along with admitting to my mistakes. I have seen too many people lie to the world about their Fursuits and have left the suiter in tears

AW: Getting straight answers from the source is what I try to do

DCF: And that is what I will give you ^^

AW: In recent years there has been increased attendance at fur cons, in general, have you noticed increased business?

DCF: Yes I have definitely noticed and increase in interest. I often have people ask me not only about my work but some also ask what are good ways for making suits.

AW: I noticed on YouTube fursuit making videos get a lot of views

DCF: Yes, it is an interesting process that you can learn a lot by watching. Personally I learned by watching fursuit making videos and still enjoy watching them because I can always learn different methods and ways of shaving fur, making paws, heads, just about anything

You can contact Deadly Creations Fursuits

Twitter @DeadlyFursuits

Telegram @ AlexDeathWolf

Interview with Pawsry Owner/ Operator of International Furry Broadcasting Service (IFBS)

Interview with Pawsry Owner/ Operator of International Furry Broadcasting Service (IFBS) who since FBN announced a possible merger has been all over social media.

AW: Could you tell me a little about yourself and how you got involved in the furry community?

IFBS: I’m currently a 17-year old student, and I love playing on the piano. I’m a big mascot fan too. I found this community thru mascots.

AW: May I ask what part of the world you are from?

IFBS: Singapore

AW: I am in Chicago so there is a bit of a time difference. What is the furry community like in Singapore?

IFBS: It’s quite nice, we sometimes do furmeets on a ad hoc basis. We are quite tight knit here.

AW: That is good to hear. Have you ever been to Furry Lah? Singapore’s Furry Convention?

IFBS: Nope. I joined the fandom last August. I’m set to attend this year’s furry convention, Little Island Fur Con, from June 8 to 9. Little Island Fur Con this year is inaugural, after 2 years of Singapore having no furry conventions.

AW: Thanks for the information.

I guess I should ask what is on everyone’s mind “What exactly is IFBS?”

IFBS: The IFBS, short for the International Furry Broadcasting Service, strives to be the world’s very furst furry-centred broadcasting service. Imagine a television station, but 100% furry.

As of now it’s just 2 video series in my YT channel bearing the IFBS’ name, IFBS The Furry Show, a furry-oriented talk show, and IFBS The Furry Report, IFBS’ flagship news programme on the latest from the furry fandom.

AW: Very ambitious

IFBS: Yes

They proposed a merger between the IFBS and the FBN

Should both sides merge, the IFBS will be focusing on furry news and content, while the FBN focus on furry music.

AW: Interesting. Any Future plans?

IFBS: For the IFBS

AW: Whatever you want to talk about

IFBS: I’ll begin making my own fursuit soon, and also I possibly will plan to go to fur-ther furry conventions next year

AW: It was nice talking to you.

IFBS: This Sunday (in Singapore) after the verdict, should both the IFBS and FBN merge, both sides will discuss about what’s going to happen, to restructure the FBN, or keep things same or something

They maybe would implement a reporter (correspondent?) system after the merger which is something to look forward to (that is if the merger is confurmed)

IFBS on Twitter

IFBS on YouTube

Interview with Andrew French of Circles Fame

What can I say I am a HUGE fan of Circles and have been since I found Circles Zero on the Rabbit Valley site. I consider it was a HUGE honor I was given the chance to conduct this interview.

Ahmar Wolf: So how did you get your start?

Andrew French: So…getting into writing…I’ve been writing since I was very young. I’m very much a storyteller. A quick talk turns into a million anecdotes, and I run D&D games regularly, just to have the outlet for stories. I originally went to college for theater arts, but I switched to creative writing pretty quickly, as I realized it was much more my natural calling.

Steve and I were already in a relationship, having met through the furry fandom. Scott was a relative newcomer to furry when we were introduced to him by a close friend of ours. Later, he became our housemate, and we sometimes talked about working on a project together.

After Associated Student Bodies ended, I couldn’t believe that no one else was jumping in to fill the desire for a gay furry comic. We were good friend with Sean & Andy Rabbitt of Rabbit Valley, because we all lived in Waltham, MA. One day, when we were headed to the movies together, I was ranting about how ridiculous it was that there were no gay furry comics with ASB gone, since it was obvious there was a strong streak of gay and bi furries in the fandom. Finally, possibly to shut me up, Sean said, “Well, you can write, and Steve and Scott are great artists. Make a comic. If it doesn’t suck, I’ll publish it.”

I still think we missed out by not using the slogan “Circles – It Doesn’t Suck!”

AW: Never did for me.

We’re you surprised at all the reaction Circles have gotten over the years?

AF: Not exactly? I thought people would like it, but I didn’t expect the emotional reactions people have had to it. People have written to me to tell me that it got them through hard times, that it helped them to come out to their family, that it got them talking with their family, that it inspired them to be better people…even saved their lives! I definitely didn’t expect to hear those kinds of sentiments from people, and it’s definitely humbling to know that its come to mean so much to so many folks.

AW: It helped this straight guy understand the gay lifestyle.

AF: Well, I hope that it shows that the gay lifestyle is just…life. You could pretty much substitute any relationships for the ones in the books. Everyone has family troubles. Everyone makes bad relationship choices. Everyone wants love. Everyone says things they wish they hadn’t. Gay or straight doesn’t really matter.

AW: That is how I first heard about Circles. From a gay friend who told me it gave a true description none of that crap we see in the media.

I own all 3 volumes and reread them every chance I get. We know why sadly Circles ended. I say sadly because I wish there was more.

AF: I don’t think of it as sadly. We started out with a specific story to tell, and we told it, even if it didn’t end as a comic book.

My career? Yes. I’m still working for the same travel company I was working for when we started this journey. I really like my job, and I’m glad to say they still seem to really like me doing it.

AW: If you and your original Circles crew had a chance to do one last Circles comic would you?

AF: I would never say never, but I would say that we told the story we intended to do. We would need a really compelling idea for a follow-up story that felt like it really *needed* telling.

AW: Thanks for allowing me to interview you.

What exactly is the Furry Broadcasting Network?

Frankly I totally understand the confusion of “What exactly is the Furry Broadcasting Network?” Frankly speaking their Twitter and home page really does not say all that much, in fact it was a misunderstanding that lead to this interview with Shadow Le Rawr, one of the people behind Furry Broadcasting Network and more commonly known as FBN, to hopefully answer the many questions the people and community have asked.

Speaking of misunderstanding, I was confused myself, obviously with my very first question.
AW: Let’s get started how did putting together a furry internet radio station start?

Shadow:

Well FBN is not just an internet radio station, from my experience you need a lot of time and dedication to setup and run any type internet radio station. You have to follow a bunch of legal rules in order to do that kind of thing. For example, stream licenses, which are something that you have to have if you play copyrighted songs. You also need servers to host your internet radio station on or use a stream host. We decided to use our own equipment instead of relying on a host, so things are a bit more complicated with the setup than with most. Which is why our site does not have a lot of information on it right now, all our time has been in focus to get our infrastructure ready for launch.

FBN’s goal is to help emerging artist get “out there”, so this could be anything from a new professional website or a streaming setup to showcase their music. It is why I wanted to start FBN, to get a single place where any furry could get help with getting themselves known in the fandoms.
AW: So what are your plans?

Shadow:

For Furry Broadcasting Network (FBN) or Paw Print Radio (PPR)?
AW: Let’s say both.

Shadow:

Plans for Paw Print Radio or PPR are mainly to be an internet radio station that plays the most popular songs within the fandom instead of using external songs. We want to help furry musicians to stand out. For FBN we are going to be making it the central hub, its website will host links to all the stations as well as some other cool features like con coverage and media resources. Since FBN manages PPR of course the links for it will be on the main site as well. We also want to expand our offering to other companies or sponsors so that they can focus on content and not all the technical or legal loopholes that it takes to manage an internet presence in the fandoms.
AW: Would anyone be able to make submission?

Shadow:

Define submission?
AW: Photos for example

Shadow:

They will be able to upload photos to their FBN profile, but to keep people safe from anything harmful it will be put up for review before being available to our public pages. A message will be sent to the user saying why if it was denied, if applicable. We want to keep the bad stuff out and the good stuff in. For clarification politics, hate photos, etc etc.
AW: How many are a part of your staff currently?

Shadow:

We have ten volunteers that run everything. This also includes myself. We are always looking for more people or talent to bring into the group. It is a lot of work to maintain things so there is always plenty to do.
AW: I am asking this because others have asked me paid or volunteer?

Shadow:

We are 100% volunteer, as such we have had several people come and go from the group as their time and responsibilities changes. The only time we pay is if we are looking for art for the network meaning we pay furry artists for commissions and then credit them back so they can get the exposure for the work. We also pay for things like servers and equipment to run the network, but this is not an obligation of anyone or the staff as it is donation based as well.
AW: Copyright is a huge issue.

Shadow:

For example, we give credit to the artists who made our logo, I also linked the art on my Furaffinity or FA account.
AW: But since we both have had bad experiences with the Furry Raiders would you like to make a statement on what really happened?

Shadow:

There have been comments as to our relation to a former partner, FurryRaiders. We were a younger group at the time and were ignorant as to the stance they took. We do not condone the view put forth by the Furry Raiders and immediately upon learning they held these beliefs, we ended our connections. Moving forward, we wish to show that we are a group dedicated to EVERYONE in the furry fandom. Our deepest apologies for any misunderstandings that arose from our former incorrect actions.

To fix that issue we have blocked all known alt accounts using AltFurryBlocker. (Shout out to them for the time and effort to rid the fandom of sour furs) We also have changed our policies on sponsor relations, so that all our sponsors have to go through an investigation period where we learn what they are like and what they do. Something that we did not do before with the Furry Raiders. And just to be clear on this, none of the staff or management of FBN are affiliated with any groups such as the Furry Raiders. We are also not run, nor will we ever be ran, by anyone that is an AltFur. I have a zero tolerance policy for that kind of thing and it was a mistake on my part before, but it will not happen again.

Ahmar Wolf speaking …
This was where I ended the interview for frankly 1 reason I could not think of any other questions to ask.

From what I have gathered both from the interview as well as their site FurryBoadcasting.net they should be up and running next year. Speaking of which I had planned to linked this article to their site…which is sadly currently down. So instead I include a link to the article about them on Wikifur

Author Spotlight: Bill Kieffer by Scott Coatsworth

As originally posted on jscottcoatsworth.com

First of all I got to say J Scott Coatsworth does an amazing job. I really encourage my readers to check him out HERE unlike me, he goes out and hunts for interviews, reviews, reviews of other blogs. All top notch and very professional. Unlike me who most of the time plays it by ear. So really check him out.

Bill Kieffer has become a Facebook buddy and one I really trust, and hope he does well with his writings. The following interview is great and gets into more detail than I think I could ever get into. Since he actually helped me with my interview questions.

By J Scott Coatsworth
Welcome to my weekly Author Spotlight. I’ve asked a bunch of my author friends to answer a set of interview questions, and to share their latest work.

Today, Bill Kieffer – Bill Kieffer was born in Jersey City, NJ. He never fully recovered.

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J. Scott Coatsworth: When did you know you wanted to write, and when did you discover that you were good at it?

Bill Kieffer: I remember dictating stories to my mother before I was in kindergarten. I filled one of those composition notebooks before I could read. I was always fascinated by words and I was appalled that people cursed or used words without meaning what they said. Not the lying exactly, but the logical contradictions of largely uneducated people. I felt like I was surrounded by mad people.

And it didn’t help that I had some diagnosed brain damage from an accident. It made speaking clearly hard. I had to concentrate on so many choices to get the words out.

The real world made me anxious. I found relief in fiction.

When I took up writing in high school, it was a relief. I could write with the complexity and the assuredness my speaking voice denied me. It seemed like destiny. I knew I was a good at writing by the most unusual metric… my high school allowed me four study halls in a row so I can write. And the librarians gave me an unused office so I could write in.

Maybe that just made me a good student.

I knew I was getting close when the editors began sending me back hand written notes on the rejection letters. I felt thrilled when Bob Greenberger of Marvel Comics called my submission mean. When Astounding wrote back that he’d like to see something shorter, I was dancing for the week.

Or maybe it was when Weasel accepted The Goat: Building The Perfect Victim after only four days. Yeah, that was an excellent ego boost; although I am probably spoiled for life.

JSC: How would you describe your writing style/genre?

BK: My wife says my style allows the reader to do the heavy lifting; which is to say that I let the reader fill-in some blanks. Part of that is because I suffer a bit from face-blindness. For example, all my white, heavy bald-headed friends all look alike to me until they move. Which is a problem, since as I get older, my collection of bald friends keep growing at an alarming rate.

In my writing group, Furry Writer’s Guild, my style is described often as dark and dense. It’s unusual in a niche like Furry, I suppose, where most people are there to escape the harsh reality. I just want to evoke feelings and that includes the “bad” feelings.

My genre is Anthropomorphic Fantasy — or Furry, if you will. I love the allegorical aspects of Furry. Plus, I think animals are cool and its easier for me to tell animals apart then people.

I’m also a Transformation writer, so the horror and SF come into the mix easily. They are both great platforms for discussing humanity… how you lose it, how you keep it, and, sometimes, how you regain it.

JSC: What was your first published work? Tell me a little about it.

BK: The first published work that I got paid for under my own name was a short comic book story in Tipper Gores Comics and Stories #3. I had gotten Tipper Gore #1 and I wrote to Todd Loren via snail mail because it was 1989 and that was the only way to do it. I asked for his guidelines and, in my very charming way, I told him I could do better.

He wrote back. He had no guidelines; he just pretty much told me how much he paid and dared me to try to do better. So, I typed up a script and sent it to him and six weeks later I had a contract in the mail.

Getting a check out of him was also an education, but that’s another story. I did get paid and I sold a few stories to him and he assigned me to write a series, Great Morons In History. Todd died before the 1st issue hit the stands, but at least I get to brag that I wrote the definitive Dan Quayle Biography.

With Trump the President Elect, I really wish this series was still around.

JSC: What’s your writing process?

BK: Until recently, my writing process was either write a pun-ish title and then write a story to go with it or get the story concept version of an earworm and just write it out until I was exhausted. I was a compulsive writer. It was a stress reliever and writing was cheaper than therapy.

With The Goat, I started with the ending and kept adding to the story, and then taking out a bunch of explicit sex scenes. Then I would go back and write some more. I was writing a lot of abuse which I’m against… but I kept adding erotic elements because Glenn was written for my online boyfriend. So, the whole thing was organically conflicted from the start. I like to think that shows. Even abusers deserve love, but victims don’t deserve abuse.

For Brooklyn Blackie and The Unappetizing Menu, I used an outline. I had never used one before outside of a class assignment. But I had an idea for a noir type mystery and I’d never succeeded in writing a proper mystery. It worked really well. Having an outline carried me through the parts where compulsion failed me and when impulses threatened to side track me.

I use outlines more often now but there are still a few stories that just want to flow out me organically. I’m grateful for those when the mood takes me.

JSC: Tell us about a unique or quirky habit of yours.

BK: I have a Tea Queue.

I love tea. Love. Love. Love.

And I like buying new flavors. Esp. weird ones like Earl Grey with Lavender or Chocolate Chai. And for a very, very long time I would impulse buy whatever weird tea I saw. So, by the time I was 45, I had a lot of very expensive but very stale tea leaves. So, not that I’m a control freak or anything, I set up a tea queue in my pantry.

I have room for four boxes of tea and I only open one box of tea at a time (unless company wants one of the other flavors) and drink that tea every morning until its gone. Then I can buy ONE NEW BOX OF TEA… because there’s room.

In the winter, Trader Joe puts out their lemur tea and then I stock up on that. Vanilla Cinnamon Black tea! Nom! Nom! Nom!

JSC: If you could sit down with one other writer, living or dead, who would you choose, and what would you ask them?

BK: Al Franken
You saw this train wreck of an election year. I never believed in the Anti-Christ until Trump was elected. “Al,” I would ask, “What the fuck do we do now? Just what do we do now?”

I really thought reading Stephen King and Dean Kontz most of life would have prepared me for this, but not so. Not at all.

JSC: What action would your name be if it were a verb?

BK: Well, my middle name is TMI, so I can’t use that. Plus technically, not an action word.

I asked my wife. She said, “You’re not a Verb type of guy. You’re an Adjective.” Well, she was an English teacher, so she would know.

My friend Brian pointed out the word Bill is a verb. “to enter in an accounting system : prepare a bill of (charges)” On the other hoof, I’ve been told that there’s no accounting for me.

JSC: What kind of character or topic have you been dying to try to write, but you’ve never worked up the courage?

BK: Until recently, I would have said Private Detective, but I got one of those under my belt now. And before that, I wanted to write a story for my boyfriend with magic and BDSM, which I did with The Goat: Building the Perfect Victim (the hard part actually turned out to be having the courage to submit it).

I think the next hurdle is writing a soft and warm story of hope and happiness with hidden depths and complexities. I see writers do that and I am amazed to see it pulled off. I must be too cynical to do it… or maybe I am just too damaged. I tried to write a story of brotherly love and… the damn thing turned into a blood bath.

So, yeah, there’s something about love and happiness that frightens me… maybe it’s because I’ve hurt all the people I love.

JSC: If you had the opportunity to live one year of your life over again, which year would you choose?

BK: Oh, I wasn’t looking forward to this question when I started this.

The year after I graduated, my girlfriend died from CF. I made promises to her that I wouldn’t let her die a virgin or unmarried. But she did. And not coming thru for her, just messed me up. But I was having so many conflicting thoughts, and I hadn’t accepted my bisexual self yet and… well, things were confusing for everyone.

So, I would relieve 1983 over, although knowing that she was dying would hurt. And I would keep my promises. Her parents would hate me, but it turned out they hated me anyway and didn’t invite me to the funeral.

And then there’s my friend, George, who I now know was suffering with his own questions and loneliness. That after Debbie’s death he would never have another female friend, that he would explore our small town’s gay scene until he caught HIV and then developed AIDS in quick order. In what I know know was a weird prolonged suicide attempt trying to make a connection with another human.

I feel responsible for that. He tried to tell me, once, that he’d been watching an adult movie when “something” came poking thru the wall. And I laughed… and I didn’t ask him what he did or thought about it or anything. I just laughed because I didn’t think he’d be anything but disgusted.

I didn’t think that he could be a bit like me.

I didn’t think that we might be more than friends.

JSC: What are you working on now, and when can we expect it?

BK: Currently, I am still pushing my first novella The Goat: Building the Perfect Victim; trying to get sales and reviews. These days, selling a book doesn’t stop with the publication. I don’t know if it ever did.

I am also doing interviews with publishers for The Underground Book Review. They concentrate or reviewing Indy Writers and Publishers. That will start in 2017.

I am cleaning up a collection of short stories set in a Furry Universe I call Aesop’s World. Imagine if people came in 100 different species with thumbs… and then imagine that Aesop was their version of Jesus. That’s the basis if this world, and it’s far from a children’s storybook.

Four of the five stories feature Brooklyn Blackie, a bisexual dog/wolf hybrid private investigator. He’s cunning linguist with a thirst for justice. Too often, he has to settle for bloodshed, instead. He’s cursed with a dual nature, the dog and wolf, that I think a lot of people can relate to.

Cold Blood: Fatal Fables will be published by Jaffa Books sometime in 2017. There some M/M sex and romance and a little MFM menage-a-trios, too. But I don’t know how explicit the final version will be.

The Goat and now for Bill’s new book: The Goat:

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This is the story of Frank, a self-loathing gay/bisexual 40-something man, having a mid-life crisis ‘affair’ with his high school bullying victim.

Glenn is a Furry, human in real life but online, he plays a sexually active Goat in several Furry communities. Glenn not only allows Frank’s abuse, but he seems to encourage it in order to get what he wants.

Still, Frank is what our HS teachers would call an “Unreliable Narrator.” So, it’s up to the reader to decide who the real victim is in the story.

It’s set in an Urban Fantasy world where computers and magic exists side by side. iMacs and Werewolves. Muscle Cars and Shape Shifters. Micro Brews and Healing Potions. The society resembles pre-cell phone America and people are more afraid of the LGBT community than they are of werewolves. Well… some people.

The Goat touches on abuse, secrets, desires, shame, denial, and the agendas we sometime bring into a relationship.

Contains graphic bdsm content.

My Interview with Grrrwolf

Grrrwolf in case you didn’t know has been around the fandom for an incredible amount of time, longer than most of you been furries. An artist of extraordinary talents, which is sadly a lot of his earlier works these days have been forgotten.

Q: How did you come to find the Furry Fandom?
A: You know how in Scooby-Doo when they would stumble along a revolving hidden door that whirled them into another secret room? I’d like to think of it kinda like that!
During my college years I was taking art classes and watching a lot of anime…and I was addicted to a certain game in the arcades called “Darkstalkers”. Sometime later in 1997 I had my first taste of the internet, and I found myself stumbling through websites looking up art archives on anime, Darkstalkers, “H” (or hentai), what have you. One site I found in particular, http://www.side7.com, was split into two separate sections – one was titled “Anime”, and the other…”Furry”. I was befuddled as to what “Furry” meant, so I clicked myself in.
Suddenly, it was like something fell into place. It was like, “So THIS is what I’ve been all my life!” I soon discovered that there was a whole underground fandom to this, and that it was like a separate society almost entirely. At the same time I met my first Furry by happenstance, in my figure drawing class…
I had walked by a student who was drawing in a sketchbook, back to the wall, and I sooorta looked over to see what he was drawing. I knew I was invading his space, but I saw a male anthro Doberman chained up to a wall. He saw that I was looking, and reflexively snapped the sketchbook to his chest. I asked in amazement, “Are….you?….” and he asked back, “Are…you?” and I was like, “Yeah!” and he said “Me too!” and it was history form that moment on.
I began to meet others who felt a kindred to this fandom. So much comes to mind, but one Furry convention later (Confurence 10), things just begin to avalanche. I went to convention after convention, met a lot of wonderful people and made some amazing friends both online and face to face.

Q: How has it changed your life or outlook?
A: Absolutely it has, and for the better! I’ve always felt that the furry fandom is so beautifully creative and expressive, and our bonds and emotions go deep with one another. We’re not afraid to hug each other and be affectionate, which is something that has been so essential in my life to begin with. Being accepting, outgoing, and active in our community, as well as giving back to others, are aspects that make me proud to be furry.
Honestly there is no other fandom out there as amazing as ours. The love, the support, the appreciation, and the feedback I’ve experienced are all wonderful and magical. We have something truly unique that other fandoms don’t, and it’s not just because of our fursonas!

Q: Is Furry a Hobby or a Lifestyle for you?
A: Definitely a lifestyle! I feel that 95% of my friends and social activities are based in and around the fandom. In January 2016 through the support of my amazing wife, I left my job of 10 years to become a full time furry artist. I feel so fortunate and grateful to be able to work for the fandom I love, doing the art that I feel so passionate about!
In the past I’ve tried to be a part of other fandoms and communities, and though I will not name anything specific, no community has ever come close. I never felt any of the brotherhood, encouragement, support and belonging that I do to the furry fandom. The only other group of people that has come close is the Puppy Play community – which is pretty much a blood relative to the fandom at this point – and I consider them my pack.

Q: Do you have a fursona or two or more? If so, how often do you draw yourself?
A: I’ve had a few alts, but Grrrwolf is absolutely who I am, through and through. The character was based off of Darkstalkers and my years of drawing Tiny Toons. He dyes his fur blue because he’s basically a wannabe Talbain. X3
The name came to be from my then-girlfriend and I trying to come up with aliases for our first furry convention, Confurence 10 in 1999. We had an Irish dictionary, and she wanted the name MuirCait (translation: Sea Cat/s), which sounded phonetically like “Mrrrcat”. I then followed suit and became “Grrrwolf” …with 3 R’s.
Any Grrrwolf with 2 R’s is an imposter! (Just kidding, but it’s a common misspelling that I accept. Three R’s just looks better!)
Drawing Grrrwolf is more of a thing I do to “be” with someone else, be it in a humorous situation or something meaningful; while drawing myself solo is more spur of the moment or by request.

Q: How old were you when you started drawing?
A: I’ve taken art classes throughout all my school years and into college, but I’ve been doing art since I was a sperm! HAH! I’m sure my mother’s womb had drawings all about it.
I grew up reading Garfield comics, and watching Scooby-Doo and He-Man. I watched movies from Disney like “The Fox and the Hound”, and “Robin Hood” with loving interest. Cartoons like Looney Toons, and later, Tiny Toons and Animaniacs, held something very close to my heart – even if it was conveyed by an anvil! From grade school to high school I would spend my free time with the VCR on pause, sketching the subject frozen on the screen.

Q: When do you feel it grew into art?
A: College. Definitely college. I did a lot of artwork that I’m proud of during my high school years, but taking figure drawing was like discovering The Matrix (Whoah!). I cannot stress enough to other artists how important, crucial, and essential it is to take figure drawing. What you take away from classes like that is immeasurable!
I wish I could say I feel I was doing “art” in high school, and though I was, my art teacher of four years really tore me down my Senior year, saying I wasn’t going anywhere, all I drew were cartoons, and that if art was a highway “you’re in the slow lane and even the freshmen are passing you by in the carpool lane.” I’ll never forget that, coming back into the classroom in tears. One of the students questioned out loud, “What did you say to him?!”

Q: What media is your go-to form of self-expression?
A: My mediums range from a simple disposable Bic pencil and digital art, to a little bit of charcoal, oil paint, oil pastel, and colored pencil. In 2015 I finally started learning how to paint with watercolors after 15 years of longing. It’s a lot of fun and also challenging because I have to think and do things in a different order than I’m used to. But my love will always be graphite. ❤
I just recently started using grey and toned paper, as well as graphite powder, blending sticks, shammy cloths, white chalk pencils, and eraser-core pencils – and that’s been A LOT of fun!

Q: Where do you get your ideas from?
A: Anywhere and everywhere! Music and movies, classical art and mythology, sexuality and pornography, fashion and photography, friends and models, other furry artists and artwork – and my personal desires and experiences…to name a few places.
I love submerging myself into the subject of the art I am working on. I will have friends model for me, and on my computer I create folders of reference material and images from the net, plus I’ll put together a soundtrack that reflects the mood and ambience of the project.

Q: Do they start out Furry or do you tweak them?
A: Unless there is a specific commission that calls for something else, my art will always start as furry; the models will always be anthros. I do that in the figure drawing classes I am currently taking, or when I am inspired to draw in public as well.
This is the first year, however, where I have had support and encouragement from the instructor. In previous classes from high school to college, my art teachers would either berate me, ignore me, and/or grade me down because I drew “those cartoon animal people”. The students liked it though, and the models were always amused. I can’t put into words how good it feels to finally have positive reactions from all three for the first time.

Q: Do you have a favourite species to draw?
A: Wolves of course, though I got my start with felines. Pretty much northwestern mammals, but I’m trying to expand out of my comfort zone. I’ve always had difficulty with horses, dragons, reptiles, avians,… and wings. Wings have ALWAYS been tough on me!
I can’t wrap my head around the facial construction of horses either. It’s like a loaf of bread with extra muffins stuck to it! And dragon faces are like drawing pizza wedges with teeth. X3
No offense to any of those species out there! I just have a hard time calculating the geometry of your faces! #^_^#;;

Q: Do you create art outside of the fandom?
A: I do! A few things here or there like portraits, logos, illustration and design work. I’ve painted a lot of miniatures for D&D and Warhammer campaigns, which was very zen to me. I used to draw Star Wars and World of Warcraft art as well, but I definitely prefer drawing anthropomorphic art.
Long story short, I had distanced myself from the furry fandom in 2008, and was searching for other communities to belong to. Though I didn’t know it at the time, I was suffering from extreme depression. I changed who I was and pretended to be someone I was not – a straight, masculine, anti-social male. I was absolutely miserable, but I tried to find a community to feel a part of during that time of my life. I drew art, but I didn’t always feel a connection to it. Though the other fandoms were good in their own ways and I have nothing against any of them, I just didn’t experience the brotherhood and family closeness, or the support and love and encouragement I felt with the furry fandom. =C
It wasn’t until 2014, when the gentle tapping on my shoulder from an old furry friend brought the armor I encased myself in crashing down around me, and I came racing back, arms outstretched to the furry fandom. I was simply astounded at what the fandom had grown into in six years! I honestly felt like I had just staggered out of a cryogenic sleep chamber or something.
I had also found out about James Hardiman’s passing, and that hit me HARD. I looked up to him as a mentor. Meeting him the first and only time face to face at Confurence 10 in 1999 made such an impact on me.

James Hardiman treated everyone with the same amount of kindness and respect, and it was through him that I truly felt that this is how you treat your fans, interact with everyone at the Dealer's Table, and how you conduct yourself as an artist and businessperson. His art had an amazing blend of both realistic and toony. He wasn't afraid to be in your face, quite literally, and he had a sense of humor that worked perfectly with his variety of characters. My artwork was always influenced by his, but now my work is dedicated to his memory. We all still miss you, Jim.
As a tangent, depression doesn’t fight fair. It sneaks up on you, gradually getting a stranglehold around you, but you have to fight with everything you got to break free of it! You can’t fight back fair either. This is your life you are fighting for! When you are being attacked in real life, you can’t just curl up into a ball and go meek, hoping they’ll leave you alone. You have to strike for the eyes, the throat, the groin! You have to scream and howl! This is your life, not theirs!
The exact same situation goes for depression. You can’t let it have you! I know it’s not easy, but I lost six years of my life to it, and I’m not giving it another day.

Q: Does your family know you create Furry Art? If so, how do they feel about it? If not, why not?
A: Oh boy…I’ll tell you, when I saw this question coming, I braced myself. This is a hard one, but I’m not ashamed to answer this…so here we go.
No…No they don’t. And they never will, at least not through me. Here’s why…
I was raised Christian, but I knew from age three I was different. I was very sexual, very curious, and very expressive. My family loves me so very much, and though they were a bit over-protective, I’m so grateful for them and the childhood I had.
During college, however, I made the decision to stop going to church. I didn’t feel like I belonged. I felt used, abandoned, and taken for granted, but most of all – I felt like a total hypocrite because of my bisexuality and the lust I had for intimacy.
There have been some close calls with my parents finding out what I draw, and I don’t really wish to go into details about them, but I do my best to keep my two lives separate. I’ve always wanted to be an animator, and my dad worked as hard as he could to get my foot in the door. I’ve even been interviewed at Disney Television Animation (which was one of the most horrible ten minutes of my life). I know this is not the direction he’d want me to go in my career, or in my life.
I’ve learned the hard way to keep my art close and protected. I’ve been harassed physically, sexually, and verbally at jobs when I revealed what I drew. “Whaaat the hell is THAT?! That’s got to be the UGLIEST thing I’ve seen in my LIFE!”, coming from the owner of the silkscreen business I once worked for. I’ve even been blackmailed, “If you don’t want your co-workers to find out what you draw, then you’re going to do this for me.” I had no idea about my rights back then either. I’ve had some rough times in the past.
However, drawing Furry art and being a part of the Fandom what makes me happy. This is who I am.
I feel complete and a part of this community, but it’s been really hard on me to not share my moments of joy and achievements with my parents and family. I was never able to reveal my excitement when I sold at my first con, or my surprise and overwhelming joy when I was Guest of Honor at Conifur Northwest. I can’t tell them about how proud I was when I lead a panel at Further Confusion on anatomy and had four models on stage, or when I had the honor to illustrate the cover for Furnation Magazine. I can’t talk about how I’m inspired by my friend who poses for me, or how much fun the latest art group was. It’s torture.
I remember in High School trying to come out to my sister, around 1993. Back then there was this huge debate over whether or not you were born gay or if you chose to be gay. She said “I don’t see why this is a debate at all. Of course you’re born gay!” I was surprised by this, and started mustering up the courage to talk to her about my conflicted feelings, “Oh wow, really? You think so? Because I…” She cut me off, “Yeah because, I mean, who would actually CHOOSE to be gay?!” I was crushed… “Oh….”
In 2004, it took me three days to come out to my parents over the phone. I was absolutely terrified. One of my friends had come out to his family, and his Christian sister forbade him from ever seeing her children because of it. I was so scared the same thing would happen to me. (Thankfully it didn’t.)
My parents didn’t understand what bisexual meant, so I gave up and told them I was gay. You never forget the sound of your mother sobbing, but she said “Somehow, I always knew…and I felt so bad because you were all alone, but how does a Mother tell her Son something she knows before he does?” My father said “We’ll pray and get through this together”, and then they had their pastor come over. They were supportive and accepting in different ways, however I felt and still feel that my intimate life is private, and there’s just a lot of crossover between my art, my fandom, and myself.
Growing up, friends would say, “come to this party”, “do this thing with us”, or “wanna come over and play Dungeons and Dragons?” Things I knew I wasn’t allowed to do. When I told them I couldn’t, they would say, “Screw your parents! Who cares if they get pissed off!” But that’s not what I was afraid of. I wasn’t afraid of making them mad. I was afraid of hearing, “We’re disappointed in you.”
It’s still something I’m fear to this day, even at 39.
Again, don’t get me wrong, my family loves me and I love them so very much. I just don’t want to make them feel sad or give them something else that is difficult to deal with in the list of problems they already have.

Q: Do you take commissions? If so, how often and what are your usual terms?
A: Absolutely I do take commissions! This is how I make ends meet and earn a living, so I am always open. Speed has been my weak point, but I’m working through my “get in shape” montage and I’m always improving!
All my commission info is here and here:
http://www.grrrwolf.net/2016/02/commission-prices-and-examples.html
http://www.grrrwolf.net/2016/02/commission-information-and-tos.html

Q: Do you sell and create physical pieces of art? Prints? Folios? Bookcovers? Comics? etc
A: All artwork that I do starts out on paper or in a sketchbook. I love using physical media. I will usually color digitally, but I try to avoid working in pure digital. I acknowledge the advantages to working start to finish in digital art, but I feel there is something that is lost in the process. It’s like watching a movie made with physical effects versus a movie that is so dense with CGI.
I do have my art available as prints, posters, and more at https://inkedfur.com/creator/grrrwolf plus I am working to have a book of ALL of my art in 2017!
I tried to do a comic that seemed to languish in purgatory for years and years for many reasons, but ultimately I thought I wasn’t good enough to do comic book art. If I could travel back in time, I would slap myself for thinking that way! However, I have plans on beginning different comics in 2017 as well.

Q: I became first aware of you through Furnation magazine. I was wondering would you mind talking about on the project, and your involvement with it.
A: Sure thing, I’m flattered! Mark Fuzzwolf had just started producing the magazine, and he had asked me if he could do a new feature for issue #8 in 2007 that would showcase a gallery of my art. I was more than tickled to oblige.
Later he asked if I could do the cover for issue #9, and to have artwork from the featured story, “Dreamkeepers” by David Little, incorporated into it. After a little bit of planning, I got a local fur friend to pose as a certain cross-dressing fortune teller from a certain animated movie. I guess it’s very subtle to who it is because not that many have identified the character, but I consider that cover to be my masterpiece. =)

Q: Also on a personal note how do you feel about how there is an interest in furry fanzines like Furnation magazine and them being so hard to find even online. I was only able to find 9 of the 10 issues on various sites
A: It’s hard to say. I went to the cons up until Anthrocon ’05, and then dropped off the map in ’08. Waking back up in 2014 and going to BLFC in 2015 was a MAJOR shock. Things had evolved and changed, but it was an amazing, astounding metamorphosis! The quality of work and the use of technology blew me away. Dealer’s tables definitely got more epic, and the fursuits are just jaw-dropping now! It’s wonderful to see the range of talent, and that there’s more of a spread of recognition to other creators and fursonalities outside of just artists who draw. There was a definite, awkward learning curve I had to learn, but I’d like to think I’ve adjusted well.
Going back to furry fanzines…I think that with technology getting to the point where artists can show their work in so many different ways, and websites evolving to accommodate a variety of needs and niches, the dependency on established publishing companies has definitely shifted. In-house printing, Patreon, and on-demand services have really changed the nature of things. It’s quicker and easier to get news and stay informed, and I’ve even noticed that the way communication works and how we interact online is different than it was 10 years ago now that we’re all “mobile”. There is a noticeable difference between ICQ to Telegram on how conversations flow, for example.
From what I’ve read, Furnation Magazine was the possibly the highest selling publication within the Furry Fandom, but there are a lot of reasons why it seems hard to find. Nostalgia, collectability, time, and the huge influx of a new generation of Furries all seem like understandable reasons to me. Coincidentally, I sold off my remaining stock of issues #8 and #9 at BLFC ’15 and Furlandia ’15, but it took a little while.
I’m curious to see what will happen in the next 10 years. The one thing for certain is that there will always be a fandom, and it will just keep getting more diverse and creative! I’m grateful for all the times I had all these past years, but 2016 has been absolutely the greatest year of my life. I look at life in this way…Life will always be challenging and difficult. But I have my arms and my legs. I can see, hear, taste, touch, and feel. I’m eating three meals a day and there’s a roof over my head. I’m doing pretty damn good! Today is the last (insert current date) there will ever be. Make it count!
Thank you so much for this opportunity, Ahmar Wolf. I really enjoyed this interview! All the best!

Gratefully,
Grrrwolf
Here is a list of my websites if you wish to publish those…

Websites
http://www.grrrwolf.net
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/grrrwolf
My no-paywall https://www.patreon.com/grrrwolf
https://beta.furrynetwork.com/grrrwolf
https://grrrwolf.sofurry.com
https://www.weasyl.com/~grrrwolf
https://inkbunny.net/Grrrwolf
Buy prints and more at http://inkedfur.com/creator/grrrwolf

Email
grrrwolf6d9 [at] yahoo.com

Social Media

https://www.facebook.com/grrrwolf
http://grrrwolf.tumblr.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/GrrrwolfTWherewolf
https://plus.google.com/+GrrrwolfWherewolf

Messengers
Telegram (most preferred) : Grrrwolf
Skype: Grrrwolf6d9

Furries You Should Know: Cethlenn

Cethlenn is a Admin on the Furry RP Haven Forum

1. Your background?

I’m an administrative assistant and web developer. I’m located in California.

2. When did you become a furry?

I’ve always admired anthropomorphic art and cartoon characters, but wasn’t aware that there was a term for the furry fandom until the mid-late ’90’s, when I met some therians and furs at the university I was attending. I have friends in both the therian/were and furry communities.

3. Is being a Furry a Hobby or a Lifestyle for you? Do you have a fursona or two or more?

Both? I do have a couple of fursonas. I need to draw them :). It’s on my to-do list. My main fursona is a coyote. My other fursona is avian.

4. Do You Own a Fursuit, and have you ever fursuited outside of fur cons?

I do not own a fursuit.

5. Do you have a favorite furry convention?

I have never been to a furry convention. I was almost able to go to CaliFur this year but work schedules prevented that. I’ve attended howls and an anime convention, as well as SCA events and Renaissance Faire. I attend SCA and the Renaissance Faires in garb.

6. When did you join Furry 2 Furry?

I joined in ’09 or ’10 at the urging of some RL and Second Life friends. I took an extended break and came back in ’12/’13.

7. While at Furry 2 Furry, did you get your start as a helper/moderator?

While at Furry 2 Furry, I was a member. I’ve been a helper/moderator on other forums.

8. Why did Furry 2 Furry shut down?

From what I understand, the person who was paying the hosting bill for the forum decided to stop paying the bill. I also understand that no one could reach them for the information needed in order to take over payment.

9. Is it true that Amok, the former owner of Furry 2 Furry locked all the admins and Mods out?

This is a question best directed at Studley Destiny, Essence, Earz Bunny, Draconicon, or Tanara, because they were mods and admin at the time that F2F shut down. They may also be able to shed more light on question 8. 🙂

10. Why were there so many different versions of the forum between when Furry 2 Furry closed it’s doors to this forum as it stands now?

There was a scramble to find a new place for the community. Having my own web domain enabled me to provide space that would not be shut down at the whim of an unknown owner.

11. Is it a tough job running the forum?

It can be, especially when the software updates cause issues and conflicts between the addons we use.
I am currently working to rebuild the user gallery from such a collision.

Social groups were also in place but waiting to be restored until the gallery is sorted and the software conflict can be resolved.

12. Any future plans?

We’d like to add more features, upgrade the themes and artwork, and hire a PHP programmer to help with some of the code. I’d like to host blogs for members and add other features as funds allow.